The Chartered Accountants Ulster Society has elected Darren McDowell as chairman at its 106th AGM in Belfast.
Mr McDowell, who takes over as chairman from Fergal McCann, is a partner at Belfast-based chartered accountancy firm Harbinson Mulholland.
He is a partner in the firm's business advisory department and has particular expertise in assisting high-growth knowledge-based enterprise clients.
Addressing the society's AGM, he pledged that the Ulster Society and its members are determined to assist Northern Ireland's recovery from the lengthy downturn and make a significant contribution to the local economy.
The society represents more than 3,500 chartered accountants and is a district society of the Chartered Accountants Ireland, the largest and oldest professional accountancy body in Ireland.